November 2022 Newsletter: Latest News from Veterans Outdoors
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Artemis, our exclusive programme of events for women veterans, will be featured on the Remembrance Day Edition of the BBC’s Countryfile programme, to be aired on the evening of Sunday 13th November. Our thanks, as ever, to the Coryton family for providing Pentillie Castle as the perfect filming location and to all those who’ve agreed to take part in the filming. We’re delighted that, of all the many prestigious veterans projects in the South West, the BBC has chosen to feature Veterans Outdoors.
Prior to that, on Friday 11th November, we’ll be at Newton Abbot station placing a wreath on the early morning ‘Train of Poppies’ as it takes tributes to Paddington station for the Remembrance Day service in London.  Si and Jodi will be joined by a small cohort of veterans paying respects on behalf of the whole Veterans Outdoors Family.
 All veterans are invited to bring old friends and make some new ones at the free tri-service lunch in Plymouth on Wednesday 9th November at 1200. It’s at the Derriford Army Reserves Centre, PL6 5EW. If you’d like to register your interest please contact
Veterans Outdoors has re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a process which businesses, charities and other organisations who are serious about supporting veterans (and those still serving) do every two years. Importantly it links us with other veteran-friendly organisations in the South Devon area so we can share ideas and signpost our beneficiaries to those who offer services that VO doesn’t. AFC supporting organisations display the AFC logo on their websites and other materials.    
It’s Autumn – if you hadn’t noticed – and a great chance to assess the fruits of our labours at our various horticultural projects across the region. We’re midway through our third, ten-week soil-to-supper course in the iconic walled garden on the Dartington Estate near Totnes.   
Permaculturist Jan Hornby has been teaching everything from weeding and planting to nurturing and harvesting while showing how the wellbeing effects of gardening can help individuals in different ways. The course has proven benefits for increasing confidence, optimism, problem solving and helping to make new friends.
We are grateful to the funders of these courses - The Hendy Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Astor Foundation for their support. There’ll be more soil-to-supper courses next year – the next one will start in April. If you’d like to register your interest now, please contact Bernard on

And the team at Pentillie are busy harvesting too – the leeks, beets, figs, tomatoes, chillis, peppers are looking good – and, as ever, Dave A has had great success with the crop from the Melon House.


We're looking for a new Fundraising Manager.

Staff Position £30,000 p.a.
(Pro rata – flexible working subject to discussion)
Based: South West
Funding for a small charity like ours is vital and we need an experienced, organised and imaginative fundraiser to spot opportunities, manage bids and report back to funders. If that's you - or you know of someone with these skills who would fit the bill - then please contact for further details.

If you would like to get involved in anything we are doing, please get in touch at or call 07760 729080

Should you require any out of hours support you may like to use one of the following agencies listed below.
The Samaritans 116123 (24hr helpline)
Combat Stress 0800 138 1619
Hopeline 0800 0684141
Devon First Response 0808 1968708 (24 hr Urgent Mental Health Helpline)


If you're a veteran, or you're about to transition from the forces, and you feel you could benefit from a bit of outdoor wellbeing with a friendly, supportive team working in some of the South West's most beautiful locations, why not get in touch? Or if you know a veteran you think would benefit, please send them our way. Or come and be a mentor for us - everyone's welcome! 

Finally, a huge thank you to all our funders who make what we do possible. We are grateful to.....

The 29th May 1969 Charitable Foundation, The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, The Army Benevolent Fund Soldiers' Charity, The Robert Clutterbuck Trust, The Country Landowners Association, The De Laszlo Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, Devon County Council, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Elmgrant Trust, Finnis Scott Trust, The Fore Trust Fund, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Roger and Jean Jefcoate, The Clare Milne Charitable Trust, Mole Valley Farmers National Lottery Awards for All, Newton Abbot Town Council, The RAF Benevolent Fund, The Schreier Foundation, St James' Place, The Swire Trust, Torbay Community Foundation, The Veterans Foundation.  


Si Richardson - Operations Manager
Monday - Thursday 8 - 4

Bernard Coleman - Admin/Events Assistant
Monday - Wednesday 9 - 4

Jodi Johnson - Women's Lead / Head of Welfare
Mondays to Fridays 9 - 5

Catherine Poate - Welfare Officer
Mondays & Fridays

Contact telephone number - 07760 729080
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c/o 4, Stonesclose, 
Galpin Street,
PL21 0RZ

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